The charming lakeside village of Aurora in the Finger Lakes region of New York offers a collection of pristinely restored historic homes that make up the Inns of Aurora, a luxury lakeside boutique resort and the town’s main accommodations. Last fall, the resort opened the doors to Taylor House Conference Center, the resort’s capstone restoration of a 20-year commitment to preserving the village’s historic buildings. This two-story 1838 Greek Revival-inspired building offers meeting space that’s a mix of original architecture and modern technology. The 2,000-square-foot first floor features three grand parlors with original fireplaces; a dining room with barrel-vaulted ceilings and original 1871 woodwork; and an outdoor patio with a fire pit that accommodates up to 50 guests. The top floor includes 1,500 square feet of meeting space with seven 65-inch monitors and magnetic walls.

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.